Are we settling?
In my most recent post, I described the experience of finding a blown-over hive and moving it to a better location. Through that experience I was able to see the difference in the morale of the colony between when the hive was lying on its side, and then after the hive had been righted and moved.
And what a difference! You can read that post here: https://beetreehives.com/blogs/news/honey-bee-colony-morale-what-a-blown-over-hive-taught-me
But, that difference in morale, between the grim but hopeless determination to survive and the vibrancy of joyful hope, got me to thinking...
As honey bee keepers/stewards/hosts are we settling for providing a life experience for our colonies that is one of just the grim determination to survive?
If we took the time and trouble to better understand our honey bees, could we possibly be providing a life experience for them that is more like the vibrancy of joyful hope?
What if we spent less time studying conventional beekeeping techniques, and spent more time studying the biology and physiology of honey bees?
What if we spent less time learning how to manipulate the biology of honey bees for our benefit, and spent more time learning how to support the biology of honey bees for their benefit?
What if we tried to really understand how a honey bee colony lives in the wild - managing the micro-climate and micro-ecology of the hive - and then provided a hive cavity that allows them to function in that way in a hosted hive?
The "what if" list could go on and on. For myself, I want to do my best to be sure that I never settle for less than the best life experience that I can provide for a honey bee colony as I host them in my Bee Tree Hives. I want them to be able to fully live they way they were designed to live.